As a healthcare IT partner, we are deeply committed to support our clients and the communities they serve, while coping with the evolving COVID-19 challenge.

Over the past few weeks, together with clients all over the globe, we have been working to support hospitals in the fight against the COVID-19 outbreak. From supporting the set-up of remote reporting capabilities to configuring special radiology worklists, dedicated to COVID-19 cases.

By sharing the customer cases we encounter and the configurations we’re setting up, we hope to be of help. Should your organization benefit from one of the below set-ups or configurations (*), or for any additional request, please reach out to your local Agfa HealthCare contact person.

1. COVID-19 Specific Priority Work Lists in Enterprise Imaging

To help the radiology team of a Belgian University Hospital to keep track of the COVID-19 cases among other high importance cases, a dedicated COVID-19 worklist has been created.

From the Agfa HealthCare RIS, a COVID-19 indication is communicated to Enterprise Imaging, resulting in the creation of a COVID priority reading task.

To quickly configure the reading priority, without the need for additional manual intervention by users, an unused order priority was used. In the list area, a special color code is given to the COVID-19 cases to highlight the cases, so they stand out in the task list. Task assignment rules are configured if these specific cases need to be assigned to a specialized group of radiologists for reading. Escalation rules can also be employed to ensure quick response on highlighted cases.

For customers without Agfa RIS, the priorities could be setup in the Order Generation System (EMR, 3rd party RIS, ..).

To set-up COVID-19-specific work lists, please reach out to your local Agfa HealthCare contact person.

(*) Please know that depending on your region and current installation, some use cases may not be applicable to you. Please check with your local Agfa HealthCare contact person.

Click on the above image for an example of the set-up.
(patients listed are demo patients.)

2. Faster Reporting with COVID-19 Drop-down Menus and Text Macros

With suspected COVID-19 cases increasing rapidly, efficiency of radiology reading needs to be maximized.

In collaboration with an Enterprise Imaging customer, a series of COVID-19 specific drop-down menus with text macros have been created, covering f.e. ground-glass opacity, vascular thickening and scoring of affected areas in the lungs.

Apart from a faster reporting, it will also result in more consistent reports, which in a longer term will be beneficial for analytics and statistics.

The screenshots right and below show the report template with text macros and resulting report. Click on the images for a larger view.

To set-up COVID-19-specific drop-down menus and macros, please reach out to your local Agfa HealthCare contact person.

(*) Please know that depending on your region and current installation, some use cases may not be applicable to you. Please check with your local Agfa HealthCare contact person.

Click on the above image for an example of the set-up.
(patients listed are demo patients.)

3. Remote and Home Reporting

To deal with the COVID-19 outbreak, the continuity of the radiology reporting activities is crucial. To guarantee this, care providers are expanding the remote reporting capabilities for their radiology teams.

In Ireland one of our Clinical Application Specialists was approached by a Radiologist who was concerned about being able to work should the need to self-isolate arise.

To deal with the COVID-19 outbreak, the continuity of the radiology reporting activities is crucial. To guarantee this, care providers are expanding the remote reporting capabilities for their radiology teams.

In Ireland one of our Clinical Application Specialists was approached by a Radiologist who was concerned about being able to work should the need to self-isolate arise.

The hospital already had a VPN connection available as well as spare hardware, and within 20 minutes of assembling the spare clinical review workstation and a clinical monitor the radiologist was able to log in, use his own profile from the hospital and report in his own home, including full speech recognition, with images instantly available over a normal broadband connection.

To facilitate the set-up or expansion of your remote reporting capabilities and provide full home-office capabilities:

  • Contact your local support team. They will usually organize a virtual meeting (using Microsoft Teams or Webex) to facilitate and guide you through the remote set-up. It usually takes less than 1 hour to set up.
  • Please know a VPN connection to the hospital is mandatory.
  • For detailed specifications for hardware (workstation, display, graphic card and speech mike), please contact your local support team.
  • For more on remote reporting: click here

(*) Please know that depending on your region and current installation, some use cases may not be applicable to you. Please check with your local Agfa HealthCare contact person.

Partner Program North America in collaboration with Barco

Through our partnership with Barco, Agfa HealthCare can offer a complete solution for remote diagnostic reporting, with validated laptop and workstation options depending on your needs.

Click Here – For more information on how to extend the power of the Enterprise Imaging platform. Or contact your Agfa HealthCare contact person.

4. COVID-19 Hanging Protocols

The diagnosis, treatment and follow-up of COVID-19 patients can consists of a series of medical imaging exams from different modalities. Dedicated hanging protocols like the one pictured here allow to get a good overview of the patient imaging.

This example shows the active study on the left screen, with the right screen divided in 4 viewports where each viewport contains 1 comparison study. This can be a CR/DX study, but also CT or other modalities. With a double click on the viewport the study will be full screen.

For help on the configuration of this hanging protocol, please reach out to your local Agfa HealthCare support contact person.

(*) Please know that depending on your region and current installation, some use cases may not be applicable to you. Please check with your local Agfa HealthCare contact person.

5. Supporting Triage of High-Risk Patients

On request of a customer in the Middle East, we are currently integrating an additional Question & Answer survey in the Agfa HealthCare RIS.

This questionnaire will help the receptionist to capture valuable triage information and to evaluate the risk of infection before the creation of the order and image acquisition. The risk information is communicated to the technologist’s work list who can take the necessary precautions and protection.

The screenshot shows the questionnaire in Agfa HealthCare RIS.

Alternatively, the patient remark field in the Agfa HealthCare RIS can also be used to communicate patient related risk information to Enterprise Imaging, to inform both the technologist and radiologist. Please note that in this case, the information is linked to the patient (permanent), not to the specific order.

To set-up COVID-19-specific surveys, please reach out to your local Agfa HealthCare support contact person.

(*) Please know that depending on your region and current installation, some use cases may not be applicable to you. Please check with your local Agfa HealthCare contact person.